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JOHNNY KELLY On TYPE O NEGATIVE: "I Think That PETER's Work Deserves Some Kind Of Celebration"

"Peter's not there, so it's impossible to call it a reunion."

Type O Negative Photo Shoot
Photo by Kristina Sisti-Venzie, 2007

Type O Negative sadly died with vocalist and bassist Peter Steele, making the 2007 album Dead Again their final effort. Though despite that, and despite not having played shows since Steele's death in 2010, Type O Negative's music remains very popular.

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So would the band ever do some kind of tribute show to their fallen frontman and much-loved catalog? In an interview with Sonic Seducer, drummer Johnny Kelly acknowledges Type O Negative and Peter Steele deserve some sort of celebration, but he's not sure what or when.

"I don't know if I would ever wanna do something like take it on the road or… It could never be a reunion; Peter's not there, so it's impossible to call it a reunion," he said.

"I think that Peter's work deserves some kind of celebration. And how that can happen, I really have no idea. But we've never seriously considered doing any kind of reunion or putting something out there as Type O Negative without Peter. Peter, his musicianship, his character — without him there, you can't call it Type O Negative."

Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Hickey also recently weighed in on why he thinks the band remains so popular to this day, saying it has a lot to do with staying true to themselves.

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"I like to think that part of it is like this sort of sub-underground, legendary kind of rock band. Then the other thing is, I think that we never really sold out. We never got to a point where we wanted to sell out and become commercial. Or we never could anyway, so the band always stuck to its guns.

"As weird and as odd as the band was, I think that we really followed our instincts and the art the way it wanted to go. And I think that's shown through now. I think it paid off in the end. It's the long, hard way to achieve any kind of permanence. But I think it's working."

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